Ever since it was established in 1919, Comenius University has maintained and is still building and expanding its international relations with reputable and renowned educational institutions all around Europe. Comenius University being the oldest and largest university in Slovakia representing the "national university" belongs to the most significant university associations around Europe which plays an important part in building its international relations. It is a member of European University Association (EUA), Network of Universities of the Capitals of Europe (UNICA), Utrecht Network, Danube Rector´s Conference (DRC), Alliance of Universities for Democracy (AUDEM), Central European Initiative University Network (CEI), Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE OECD), European Network Information System (EUNIS), European Association of International Education (EAIE), European Association for Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA), Transforming Education Through Information Technologies (EDUCAUSE), Virtual Technology Library Systems (VTLS), Sustainable Development of Universities (Copernicus).
The accession of the Slovak Republic to the European Union on 1 May 2004 and OECD in 2000 is also of great importance in this respect.
In connection with CU's participation in Socrates/Erasmus programme (since 1 January 2007 - Lifelong Learning Program/Erasmus, LLP/Erasmus), the number of bilateral agreements concluded between CU and its foreign partners increased substantially. This resulted into a significant increase in the number of student mobility which in the period from 2003 and 2006 rose by 154%. CU thus represents the leading university in terms of the number of its outgoing and incoming students in Slovakia. We are pleased that the number of students interested in studying at CU is still growing – the number of incoming students from EU countries rose by 455% in the period from 2003 to 2006.
LLP/Erasmus programme was the European Union programme aimed at supporting the projects in the area of education and science. Based on its sub-programme Erasmus which was targeted at the area of university education, the universities obtained from the European Commission, as the EU's executive body, financial support for the performance of its activities focused on the European cooperation.
The original EU programmes, such as lifelong learning programmes (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig), Youth in Action and international cooperation programmes (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and bilateral programmes) have been replaced by the new EU programme Erasmus+. In addition to this, sport became a new activity within this programme.
Erasmus+ in the 2014-2020 programme period was aimed at supporting activities in the field of education, vocational training, youth and sports. In the new programme period 2021-2027, it promotes four horizontal priorities: inclusion, digitization, sustainable development and active participation.
In the area of university education it is targeted at modernization and improvement of quality of education in Europe and around the world. It enables the universities to cooperate with each other and to exchange their experience; it enables the students and academic staff to improve their skills. Moreover, students have better job opportunities after the completion of their study.
The Faculty of Law of Comenius University attempts to respond to the development in the European educational sphere, especially in those areas where it is beneficial to its students, pedagogical staff and researchers. It develops and build its international relations by concluding bilateral and multilateral agreements.
Department of International Relations and Studies in Foreign Languages
Faculty of Law, Comenius University Bratislava
Šafárikovo nám. 6
P.O. BOX 313
810 00 Bratislava
Ing. Michaela Krescanková, PhD.
office: 310a (old building)
tel.: + 421 2 592 44 143, +421 2 9012 9143